The Bottesford School Cricket Team of 1934

By Neil Fortey

Bottesford School 1934 cricket team by the school building: the boys assembled for a group photograph in the school yard. | From the collection of Mrs Ada Bond
Bottesford School 1934 cricket team by the school building.
From the collection of Mrs Ada Bond

Mrs Ada Bond has kindly contributed this picture of the Bottesford School cricket team of 1934, which includes her late brother Ralph Bateson. The boys are as follows. Back row (L to R): Walter Stanley, David Bolland, Henson, Dennis Kirk, Porter, Moreley (from Redmile). Front row (L to R): Hugh Miller, Ron Donger, Ralph Gilbert, Alan Abbott and Ralph Bateson.

This page was added on 02/09/2009.

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  • What a lovely way to see Grandad (David Bolland) as a boy, but of course most will remember him as the village postie!!

    By Sarah Wilson (10/02/2010)
  • Hi Neil What a wonderful job you are doing with this website. It is always a total pleasure to check back in time after time. Many many thanks from my Mother, Myra Stanley for this photo. Walter Stanley was her eldest brother and she remembers most of the boys from the pic. Sadly we have lost nearly all our family pics from that time period after a few floods here in Queensland. So thank you for allowing us to see this once again. Barb Hafslund

    By Barb Hafslund (19/05/2012)
  • I worked with Ralph (Shorty) Gilbert at the AVRO Aircraft Repair Works at Langar in the late 1940’s/early 1950’s. When I started as an apprentice, Ralph had already served in the Fleet Air Arm. I have fond memories of Ralph, particularly, of playing cricket at the back of one of the aircraft hangars, with the stumps marked on the hangar door. Ralph was an accomplished batsman at that time playing for Whatton and Aslockton. I also knew Ralph Bateson who married Glenys Coy a girl from Harby. Subsequently, Ralph played cricket for Harby. In the 1960’s Ralph and Glenys plus family emigrated to Australia, where, sadly Ralph passed away. Glenys now lives in Tasmania.

    By Rex Stapleford (03/09/2014)
  • Hi Rex, our sincere thanks to you, and to Barb and Sarah, for your generous comments on this page. 1934 is 80 years ago now, so this is real history. It’s great to hear about the lives of the lads on the photograph. With best wishes, Neil

    By Neil Fortey (03/09/2014)

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